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O'Neil Forebay, east of San Luis Reservoir
San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area, near Los Banos, California

The California Aqueduct flows into O'Neill Forebay, then out again. Along with much larger and higher San Luis Reservoir it provides off-line storage for the aqueducts.

In addition to its water-oriented recreation, there is an ingenious system of electrical generation implemented here. In the afternoon and evening, when electric rates are high, water is run through a powerplant between the two lakes. Late at night, when rates are low, it is pumped back up. Ironically, little of this electricty benefits the public directly as the State Water Project is the largest electricity consumer in the country.

Wikipedia: O'Neill Forebay
See also: Pumped-storage hydroelectricity

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The California Aqueduct at O'Neil Forebay

The California Aqueduct at O'Neil Forebay

The California Aqueduct is hown here flowing into O'Neil Forebay. It also flows out, as the forebay serves to provide water for off-line storage at San Luis Reservoir.

San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: November 1, 2013
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North Beach on O'Neil Forebay

North Beach on O'Neil Forebay

North Beach recreation area on O'Neil Forebay. The water level at O'Neill does not fluctuate so it has a stable shoreline.

San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: November 1, 2013
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South Beach area on O'Neil Forebay

South Beach area on O'Neil Forebay

South Beach is one of several popular recreation areas on O'Neil Forebay.

San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: November 1, 2013
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